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2020-12-06  
Moby Trail #373, AZ
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Moby Trail #373, AZ 
Moby Trail #373, AZ
 
Hiking4.66 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   4.30 mph
578 ft AEG
 
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The last time I went to Aspen Creek TH a friendly trail user told me about all the trails leading from it. I already had a route planned, but she was insistent that I do Moby sometime. Today was the day. When I was getting ready to leave the house it was about 60F, by the time I got out of my car, it felt more like 50 already. Leaving the trailhead on Aspen Creek Trail #48 it drops into a little valley that is noticeably cooler than the trailhead. I was starting to worry about my shorts and t-shirt with no gloves. I had a jacket in my pack, so I decided I'd be fine. It starts off with some ups and downs, mostly ups, which kept me warm enough. I only saw a few people on the trail the whole time, it was easy to follow and well maintained. There were a ton of trails not listed either on the city map, or the National Geographic Bradshaw Mtns map. I did take one of those for maybe a tenth of a mile. At least one of them probably goes to Mt Francis Peak radio towers, I'll have to get up there some day. After turning off #48 onto #373, it looks like an old jeep road and I was pretty disappointed. Then after a bit, it opens up the views to the South and switches to single track and you get fun trail and amazing views for the remaining 1.5 miles to the intersection with #260, at which point I turned around and headed back the way I came. On the way home from the trailhead still in the dirt road section of Copper Basin Rd, there was a Range Rover (I think) laying on its side in the ditch on the side, while a guy was talking to the police standing next to a Jeep, I can't imagine how that happened everybody seemed so calm and I didn't notice any car damage, it's a wide stable road.
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